Art Along Lemons

Here are the details for my online class this Thursday evening, 23 July.

When life gives you lemons…. We paint them! This week I’m sharing my line drawing that formed the base of one of my large watercolours. The composition is part realistic, part pattern, and we will paint a dark background to complement the vibrant yellow of the lemons.

Download your line drawing for this weeks session below, I recommend using the landscape printing option, and scaling your image to fit the page.

I really like to explore a subject in a variety of mediums, I have drawn and painted the lemons in my garden in a number of different ways. This helps you become familiar with your subject matter, and confident in your artwork.

The key colours you will need for this painting are yellows, greens and blues.

colour mixing

I recommend taping your paper down to a surface with masking tape. I tape my copier paper down to thin foam card, plywood or even some stiff card will do just as well.
This will help to keep the paper flatter, you may also want to have a hairdryer to hand to dry the layers of paint as we go along.

We will paint the background first, then the leaves, leaving the lemons until last, carefully preserving some pure white (unpainted) sections for the highlights on the lemons.

For our session you will need:
  • 2 Your lemon line drawing printout, ordinary copy paper is fine for this exercise.
    Make the print image fill your A4 Landscape sheet of paper, so it can be as big as possible.
  • A spare piece of paper to try out your paint mixes on before applying colour to your painting, you could even print off a second copy of the line drawing for this.
  • Watercolour paints: yellows and blues, and greens.
  • Size 8-12 round brush a smaller 6-8 round brush.
  • 2 pots of clean water
  • Rag or kitchen roll (for wiping your brushes on)
  • Hairdryer
watercolour_lemons_3_watermarked ©KarenSmith
Here are some of the watercolour paint name colours you may want to use.

Ultramarine Blue – (C33 swivel paints) background
Phthalo Blue / Cobalt Blue (29 swivel paints) background and leaves
Prussian Blue – (C36 swivel paints) background and leaves
Lemon Yellow (C03) Cool Primary for the lemons (of course!)
Cadmium Yellow (C05 just a little) for the lemons and leaf green mixes
Turquoise (C29) for the leaves – if you have it
Indigo (C37) Background
Paynes Grey – (mix C43 & C37 swivel paints)
Sap Green ( C25 is perfect!) for mossy pavements